Shillong: The Khasi Students’ Union’s (KSU) Delhi Unit on Thursday wrote to Union home minister Amit Shah urging him to take action against the culprits involved a now viral sexual assault video across the Northeast.
The disturbing and graphic video of sexual assault has been circulated widely, with people initially assuming the victim to be from Nagaland, based on reports of a Naga woman’s death by suicide in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on Sunday, May 23.
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, IPS officer Robin Hibu, Meghalaya MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh and Assam Police are among the few who later came out on social media to say the viral sexual assault video is not related to the Jodhpur suicide case.
The students’ body in its letter condemned the inhuman and atrocious act committed by them and demanded that the culprits be caught and booked under the relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC): (i)Section 326A: Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by use of acid, etc; (ii) Section 354: Assault or Criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty; (iii) Section 354A: Sexual Harrassment and Punishment for Sexual Harrassment; (iv) Section 354B: Assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe; (v) Section 354C: Voyeurism; (vi) Section 509; Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.
The students’ body further said that the viral video also comes within the ambit of some sections of the Information Technology Act, 2000 such as: (i) Section 66E: Punishment for violation of privacy; (ii) Section 67: Punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form; (iii) Section 67A: Punishment for publishing or transmitting of material containing sexually explicit act, etc. in electronic form.
“We, as the representatives of Khasi Students’ Union (Delhi Unit), request the police authorities concerned to look into it with the utmost urgency furthering the cause of justice and also putting an end to such gruesome violence against women. We also urge upon your esteemed office to set up a special fasttrack investigation team to probe into this matter for further swift action,” said the letter signed by the KSU Delhi unit president Marbiang Khongwir, vice president Wallamkupar Nongsiej and general secretary Joffy Tangsong.
A horrifying video clip has been doing the rounds on social media of a girl being brutally tortured & sexually violated by four men and a woman.
The origin of the video and the identity of the perpetrators is so far unknown, but the mongoloid features of the girl lead to speculation that she could be from the Northeast.
Meghalaya legislator Ampareen Lyngdoh also asked the state police to investigate.
Meanwhile, Assam Police, on Thursday, announced a reward for whoever identifies the culprits in the sexual assault video that shows a young girl getting tortured and violated.
Posting pictures of four men and one woman, the state police called for any information regarding the criminals or the crime. It tweeted: “These images are of 5 culprits who are seen brutally torturing & violating a young girl in a viral video. The time or place of this incident is not clear. Anyone with information regarding this crime or the criminals may please contact us. They will be rewarded handsomely.”